Opens Tuesday November 29 from 6 to 8 pm
Exhibition continues through December 3, 2011
Timothy Atticus’s thesis exhibition, Curbside Pickup, will open to the public on November 29th, 2011, at 6 pm in the Cooper Union Foundation Building, 6th floor lobby. This show features new paintings and sculpture that develop out of Atticus’s experiments and research on the materiality of the body; here, taking up the mattress as the medium of its impression.
The artist removes the figure and leaves traces of a body that’s collapsing, that’s penetrable, that’s leaking. Atticus’s paintings are not pictures of mattresses but inquiries into surfaces, space, and pattern. The object and image coexist as a thing. The works have optic properties that allude to abstraction and call attention to the active tension between material and vision.
The paintings are archaeological excavations of possible past lives, taking something that is as common and visible on the streets of New York City as discarded mattresses and making beauty with it. Atticus writes of this body of work, “The mattress is a record of a person’s reclining life. The mattress on the street, without a cover, without the privatization of domestic space becomes the evidence of a horizontal body, now, for the public eye, painted by the embarrassing notion that ‘I’ left that mark, that imprint.”
This current series suggests the intertwined history of the mattress and the sleeping, dying, copulating body. Curbside Pickup shows what’s striking about the handling of pattern and the ways that pattern is comprehensible. Before these paintings, we are invited to remember the tenderness, violence, and sensuality of our own bodily lives, and how we remain in our remnants.
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